By using free tools and knowing where to look for quality free-to-use art, you can create some pretty amazing stuff on your phone. I created a basic advertisement in about 15 minutes. Although not polished, it still looks respectable and can be great for quick video edits to get your content out while on the go. In this tutorial, we will be using an application called FilmoraGo a great free video editor. There’s also a sister product available for video blogging called vlogit, using both together can achieve some great results. We will be using resources from Pexels Videos, a site that curates CC0 video content. For our music, we will be using the Free Music Archive where all music is published under a liberal license including CC0 and Public Domain.
Now that we have our tools in order, let’s get to work. Find a few videos on Pexels to download. Look over a few songs to use (make sure that the license allows you to use the way you intend). Next, open FilmoraGo and start a new project. This will bring you to a screen that shows pretty much all the media on your device. Select the first video you want to use, it will switch to an editor interface to choose the video clip you want to use. Go ahead and select a few seconds of video, then hit the Add button. Hit the back button and repeat this step for all remaining videos. Once done selecting the videos, touch the next button, this will bring you to the actual video editor.
The video editor is where all the real work happens, but right now we want to add some text. Click on one of the clips that you imported at the bottom. This will bring up the clip editor, where we add text images, other videos, etc…. Click the subtitle option and then tap the plus icon at the bottom. Use the handles to drag the text and resize it. When finished, tap the little icon next to the plus icon at the bottom to start editing the text. You can change the text, font, horizontal alignment and colour. Once finished you can save your changes and go back to the clip editor. This time you will notice a scrubber at the bottom of the frame with two handles. We use this to select where the text will appear and disappear within the frame. The last option is the animation style for the reveal and hide, once your clips have them added, we can add a logo. For this, touch the PIP item and then use the file explorer to go find your logo. Options are simple, only animations and the default positioning controls.
Now we will add your soundtrack, go all the way back to the video editor screen and then click the music button. Tap the plus button and select the music you downloaded earlier. Then, slide the heads to define the beginning and end positions of the track. Once you’ve added the track, the interface is very familiar. Use the double scrubber to select the when the music starts and stops in the clip. Rinse and repeat, until we have added all the music.
The next step is to add transitions, they are on the right of the video editor. After selecting the tool, you will see a plus sign between the clips. Click these to see the available transitions on the left. Clicking a transition more than once will change its direction. So, play around to find something you like. Now that we are at the end, give the video a test play to make sure it is to your liking. The last step will to be to export it. Tap the save button and save the file to your camera roll or select one of the many integrations available.
That’s it, a simple good quality video that you can create and upload on the go. I achieved some pretty good quality on my phone in about 15 minutes, I can only imagine what I can achieve in an hour.